The Detroit Casino Council (DCC) said on Monday that if a contract agreement is not reached by Tuesday noon, the city’s 3,700 casino workers will go on strike.
A strike has been announced to affect operations at Penn Entertainment’s Hollywood Casino at Greektown, MGM Resorts International’s MGM Grand Detroit, and the MotorCity Casino.
All unionized workers at the three Detroit casinos voted 99 percent in favor on September 29 to give the DCC negotiating committee permission to organize a strike.
Casino Employees in Detroit to Go on Strike
Wage hikes to keep up with inflation and improvements to healthcare and retirement benefits have not resulted from the negotiations that began in the summer.
Inflation in Detroit has increased by 20 percent since 2020, when the DCC agreed to a three-year contract extension with 3 percent yearly hikes after casinos suffered during the pandemic, according to a statement released by the DCC on Monday.
According to the negotiating committee, the casino business in Detroit generated $2.27 billion in 2022, which is almost $1 billion more than it did before the epidemic. If the casinos close down, people can choose to play at a live dealer casino.